Palawan Christian leaders vow to work for unity

Palawan Christian leaders vow to work for unity

Christian leaders hold a press conference of the Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples at the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa Hall on Nov. 23.

By Katya Santos

November 23, 2019

Puerto Princesa City

Christian churches in Palawan province vowed to strengthen solidarity and continue the dialogue for peace and unity.

In a press briefing at the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa (AVPP) Hall on Nov. 23, the Christian leaders agreed to work for just and inclusive communities.

Fr. Camilo Caabay of the AVPP said that the relationships of different Christian groups in the province are relatively harmonious ever since.

“But we want to do more talks to ensure that we maintain our common grounds,” he said.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has set 2020 as “Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples”.

The special year is part of the “spiritual” preparation for the commemoration of 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021.

As part of next year’s celebration, the churches have set some activities to further strengthen Christian unity and interreligious relationships.

“We wanted to know the different church doctrines and governance, not to debate, but to respect and understand each other,” said Archbishop Adone Baldevieso of the Confederation of Jesus Christ Believers and Ministers.

The Palawan Ecumenical Fellowship is also planning to host an orientation about Ramadan, tree planting and gift-giving activities for the indigenous peoples.

The local celebration of the Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples will be launched during the “Bugsayan 2019” at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum on Nov. 30.